Substantive short articles on Marxian sociology

Can Digital Tools Be Used for Organizing?

Arizona’s strike leaders harnessed the digital powers of information and communication technologies to promote organizing, allowing the movement to reach beyond social media’s echo chambers. It was through digital tools that AEU promoted targeted in-person outreach and therefore built a more powerful walkout.

By |2021-12-01T10:28:11-05:00Dec 1, 2021|

Implications of the Triumph of Neoclassical Economics in China

At the beginning of economic restructuring in China in 1978, Marxist theory organized virtually all economic discussion in China.  However, by 2010, neoclassical economics and related schools of thought, such as “new institutionalist economics,” had become the hegemonic paradigm. Neoclassical economics came to dominate not only graduate and undergraduate economics [...]

By |2021-11-17T10:09:56-05:00Nov 17, 2021|

The great transition to where? Renewable energy futures and ecosocialist strategy

Rather than assuming that the renewable energy transition will involve a smooth and painless transition to clean energy abundance, we need a more nuanced analysis of renewable energy's potential and the possible dynamics of the transition. A future of clean energy abundance is within reach (at least following post-capitalist understandings of “abundance”), but a river of turbulence stands between us and the hoped-for destination.

By |2021-11-10T14:07:20-05:00Nov 10, 2021|

Neoliberalism and the Crisis of Higher Education

I recently published an article in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology that uses the “student as customer” to help understand why college is so expensive. I explore three factors that contribute to high costs:  1) contemporary understandings of education as a private, rather than a public, good; 2) [...]

By |2021-10-27T09:56:09-04:00Oct 27, 2021|

The Political Importance of Richard Lachmann

Richard was committed to the rigour necessary for any work of social science worthy of the name. The passing of anyone with such a breadth and depth of knowledge, along with a commitment to social change, is a huge loss to the political left. We will have to make do with the body of work he left behind, which will remain an invaluable resource to Marxists for years to come.

By |2021-10-20T13:12:33-04:00Oct 20, 2021|

China’s Accession to the WTO and the Collapse That Never Was

Neo-classical China experts have regularly predicted the collapse of China’s hopelessly inefficient developmental model for the past three decades. And yet there is no significant reassessment of how the neo-classical consensus was so wrong, with only limited acceptance by key players of their own mistakes.

By |2021-10-15T13:00:40-04:00Sep 29, 2021|

The Dispossession-Versus-Exploitation Dilemma for Informal Workers

Over the past 40 years, however, a formidable body of literature has challenged the prevailing assumptions about informal workers, asserting that their vulnerability stems not from their lack of integration into the mainstream economy, but rather from their subordinated positions within it.

By |2021-09-15T09:27:07-04:00Sep 15, 2021|
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